Mason works overtime to overcome Richmond, 71-67

Posted In News - By Brian Wright On Saturday, February 14th, 2015 With 0 Comments

For a team that had dropped two of its past 12 games and has struggled through the entirety of the schedule, no victory comes easy.

It took a balanced scoring effort, a refined defense, along with the survival of an overtime period for George Mason to beat the Richmond Spiders, 71-67, on Homecoming weekend.

The Patriots appeared to have that elusive win on its fingertips within regulation, as two Shevon Thompson makes from the foul line gave the Patriots a 61-58 advantage with just 16 seconds remaining.

But anyone that saw the Jan. 24 game with Davidson should know that it was far from over.

A trio of Kendall Anthony free throws – including two with 0.4 seconds left in the second half – sent the game to an extra five-minute period.

There, Mason continued to make its foul shots, while clamping down at the other end and holding the Spiders scoreless in the final 2:16. The most impressive (and most important) job performed by the Patriots defense was on Anthony, Richmond’s leading scorer – regularly disrupting his dribble-drives down the lane and towards the hoop.

But Anthony wasn’t just having trouble from close range. In the late stages of overtime, with the Spiders down just one, he attempted to avoid Mason defenders – only to lose control of the ball. It went out-of-bounds, giving possession to the Patriots. A desperation three-point shot seconds later was also off, and it was a fitting completion to an afternoon in which he was held to 3-of-15 from the field.

In all, the Spiders shot less than 40 percent on field goal tries. For the Patriots, a far cry from the struggle they encountered in a 92-71 loss to Davidson last Wednesday.

The one Richmond player that did have trouble stopping was T.J. Kline. The redshirt sophomore forward built on his nine-point performance in the first half with 18 for the game (the leading scorer in the contest).

Mason, however, could boast five scorers in double-digits. Jalen Jenkins and Thompson each finished with 15 points, while Patrick Holloway had 13 (include three treys). Isaiah Jackson scored 11, the same total for Marquise Moore. All of their contributions proved critical in a game that saw no lead get larger than five and was tied for 11:13.

About - Brian is a new contributor to for the 2014-2015 season. With over a decade's worth of sports journalism experience, he has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, as well as The Washington Examiner. Currently, Brian is the MLB Lead Writer for The Sports Daily (, a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun (VA), and the host of a baseball history podcast, 'Baseball as It Was' ( While attending Virginia Tech, Brian covered Frank Beamer's Hokie football teams - among other sports - for the school's daily campus newspaper. Follow Brian on Twitter (@BrianWright86).

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